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CRYX 1251 is eastbound on Conrail at Allentown, PA, in August of 1992. Tank cars usually have their reporting marks repeated on the roof (or top of the tank). The concept is far less common for other types of rolling stock.
DASH TWO Photo by Joe Jack

CRYX 1179, the Richardson Grove, is not currently available in HO model form. Here it is seen in an eastbound Conrail freight at Berea, OH, in June 1995. wheel unsatisfactory, a far better one was located in the DA 6216 Hennesy Sidewell Door Control package. Some may view this as too much of a sacrifice; you will have to make this decision for yourself. One could replace the steps with detail items of finer dimension. We chose to leave the molded-on steps on our cars. Although they are a bit objectionable when viewed close-up, when seen in moving trains from a distance on a layout, these kinds of details quickly blend into the scenery and are not readily apparent except to the most determined nitpicker. Weathering on these cars should be kept to a minimum, as the prototypes are rarely if ever seen in anything but a clean condition. Whether this is because they are actually washed or if the paint is self-cleaning is not known at this writing, but they usually present a picture of neatness in a passing train. Kadee # 26 long-shank couplers are used on this car in place of the traditional #5s. They, too, fit precisely into the Walthers draft-gear box. The prototype cars also use long-shank couplers, which (just like on our models) work better on the shortradius curves of industrial sidings. And while were talking about running gear, serious modelers will want to replace the kits anachronistic rib-backed wheels with contemporary wheels available from any number of sources: Kadee, NWSL, Jay-Bee, and Accurail come to mind. In observing dozens of prototype freight trains, we cant recall ever seeing more than a three-car cut of these huge cars. There just arent enough of them on the rails, or perhaps not enough product being shipped, to produce longer strings. So even if your budget is tight, a single kit will add a contemporary flair to your layout if you model modern.

Bill of Materials
Manufacturer Part No. Description Detail Associates 2505 .015 brass wire 2206 Eyebolt 6206 Air hose 6216 Hennesy Sidewell Door c ontrol (used for the brake wheel) Evergreen Scale Models 8406 4x6 strip styrene Kadee 26 Long-shank coupler

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